We’ve discussed adrenal fatigue before. But while you may have heard about adrenal fatigue, you may still be confused about how to determine if you have it or not. In today’s post, we’ll discuss the symptoms of adrenal fatigue, and how you can diagnose it.

First off, let’s have a quick refresher on what exactly adrenal fatigue is. Adrenal fatigue is a very common problem among many people today. It can be caused by stress, but also blood sugar inflammation, food intolerances, chronic infections, environmental toxins and essential fatty acid deficiencies.

The adrenal gland is located on top of the kidneys and its job is to help us in stressful times. They secrete hormones that help us handle stress. When you overwork the adrenal glands, by constantly feeling stressed, the adrenal glands get overworked and may stop working properly.

Symptoms vary from person to person. You can check out this questionnaire and if you answer yes to most of the questions, the next step is to try the iris contraction test. What the iris contraction test does is measure your body’s stamina in response to light stimulation. If your stamina is poor, and you are experiencing symptoms as outlined in the questionnaire, then this indicates that your adrenals are likely fatigued.adrenal glan

Take the Iris Contraction Test

Function of the irisYou’ll need:

  • A weak flashlight or pen light (not too bright)
  • Chair
  • Stopwatch
  • Mirror
  • Dark room

In a dark room, allow your eyes to adjust to the light for a minute while standing or sitting in front of a mirror. Next, shine a flashlight across one eye from the side of your head, keep the light a bit of a distance away (6 inches approx.). Keep the light shining across one eye and watch in the mirror with your other eye. You should see the pupil contract right away as the light hits your eye. This is because the iris, a muscle in our eye, contracts and dilates the pupil inr espinse to the bright light. The pupil will normally remain contracted in the bright light, however, if you have adrenal fatigue, the pupil will not hold its contraction and it will dilate despite the light shining on it. Time how long the dilation lasts with the stopwatch and record it with the date. Retest monthly to see if you are recovering from adrenal fatigue.

If you think you have adrenal fatigue, you can attempt to recover yourself before seeking professional help.

Check out our posts here about adrenal fatigue:

Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb that is believed to help the body adapt to stress, adrenal fatigue and regulate body processes. Over the years it has been used for arthritis, colds, as an aphrodisiac and more.

As always, consult with a medical practitioner before making changes, especially if you have a health condition, are on prescribed medication or are pregnant or breastfeeding.


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